SIGNING DAY: College-bound ranks of Sheehan football swell to 4, with more to follow

SIGNING DAY: College-bound ranks of Sheehan football swell to 4, with more to follow

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WALLINGFORD — The college football commitments keep coming for the Sheehan football program.

The Class S champs had four players announce and/or sign college commitments Wednesday, with Braedon McCarthy, T.J. DiPasquale and Terrence Bogan joining Jordan Davis for a National Signing Day ceremony at the high school.

Davis had previously declared for Southern Connecticut State University. 

DiPasquale will be heading to Springfield College, McCarthy to Stonehill College and Bogan to Trinity College.

Three other Sheehan football players — Michael Lemay, Mickey Deming and Kyle Simmons — are expected to make decisions soon, as well.

That means there could be as many as seven Titans from the Class of 2020 playing college football next fall.

DiPasquale, in heading to Division III Springfield College, will attend the alma mater of Sheehan head coach John Ferrazzi.

“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Ferrazzi said. “He fits the mold there. He wants a future in teaching and coaching. He will fit in well with their offensive philosophy and their style of play.”

DiPasquale was a four-year starter as a long snapper and a three-year letterman. He started as a inside linebacker and at right guard this past season.

DiPasquale is versatile. He can play any position on the defensive and offensive lines. 

“He’s smart,” Ferrazzi said. “He has a high football IQ, and having someone like that at our inside linebacker position was incredibly helpful in terms of everything we did with our defense.”

DiPasquale’s defensive days are behind him. He was recruited as an offensive lineman by Springfield.

He has played center, guard and tackle with Sheehan. It remains to be seen where Springfield will use him on the line.

“I went on a bunch of visits and I went to Springfield three or four times and it just felt like the right decision,” DiPasquale said. “Everyone on the team had the same personality as me. I think it was the best fit for me.”

DiPasquale said he became interested in coaching after helping out his younger brother Austin’s team in the Wallingford Vikings youth program.

DiPasquale said he’s not surprised that so many members of the Sheehan senior class are going on to play college football.

“I’ve been playing with these guys since I was in fourth grade,” DiPasquale said. “These guys are like brothers to me and all of the college teams are getting guys that can work. I’m happy for everyone. I’m definitely going to keep in touch.”

T.J. is the oldest of Jessica and Matthew DiPasquale’s three children. His two younger siblings are Austin and Madison.

“I want to thank my parents and coaches for everything they taught me over the years,” DiPasquale said. “That’s the reason I’m here.”

As for Bogan, he chose Division III Trinity for a variety of reasons. The state’s rushing leader in 2018 and 2019 is also a New England sprint champion, an accomplished singer and actor, and he’s interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

“It’s a place I can go without losing any piece of me,” Bogan said. “I will still do theater, track and football. I want to study Neuroscience. I will be right next to a hospital for internships. I just though it would be the best fit for me. I just felt I belonged there.”

Bogan was a star for the Titans. He eclisped 1,000 yards as a sophomore and went over 2,000 in his junior and senior campaigns. He graduated as the program’s leading rusher of all-time.

“Trinity is getting one of the best backs in the state for a few years running,” Ferrazzi said. “He’s got a lot of firepower and he is going to give him element they haven’t had. He has legit speed and has improved so much as a back. He will be a terror in that (NESCAC) league. What a steal for them.”

Bogan filled the void left by immediate predecessor, Zach Davis, who is now a running back at Fordham University.

“Zach set the tone and Terrence kept that element of our running game going,” Ferrazzi said. “He really filled those shoes well for three years. Terrance is a great example on the field.”

And off the field, too. Ferrazzi said Bogan is held in high esteem at Sheehan.

“He is well-respected in the building,” Ferrazzi said. “You look at his resume. He’s a great football player, a lead in school musicals and the New England 100-meter champion in track. He does choir and chorus. He’s involved in so much and really has made an impact for himself in this school.”

Bogan is currently starring in Sheehan’s production of “Catch Me If You Can.” Last year, he was the lead in “Cinderella.”

Bogan said Sheehan football changed his life.

“I grew in so many ways,” he said. “In my freshman and sophomore years, I was struggling with school, but football changed my life and turned things around. I wouldn’t be going to Trinity without football. Coach Ferrazzi is the key. He turns boys into men.”

Bogan also loves art and plays the clarinet. He is considering running track with the Bantams, as well.

“My mom, Timeka Knighton, has been my No. 1 supporter,” Bogan said. “She is supportive of me no matter what I choose to do. She has pushed me so hard to be the best man I could possibly be. She’s the best mom ever.”

McCarthy, meanwhile, will play defensive end for Division II Stonehill in Easton, Mass. The All-State player converted to that position this past season after starting as a linebacker in his first three high school seasons.

“He’s always has had the size to be a defensive end,” Ferrazzi said. “He’s a big athlete who can play multiple positions on the defensive line.

“He also played H-back and tight end for us. His skill-set was attractive at all levels of football and he had gotten the attention of a lot of schools.”

Ferrazzi said McCarthy is a “juice guy” who fires up everyone on the defensive side of the ball.

“He carries himself well off the field and is an animal on the field,” Ferrazzi said. “He plays with a desire and intensity. You could see how happy he was when his teammates made plays.

“He always got the attention and double teams from opposing teams,” Ferrazzi added. “His stats weren’t gaudy, but he contributed to the stats of a lot of other guys.”

McCarthy was a three-year starter at Sheehan after playing his freshman season at Xavier.

“I’m really excited to go to Stonehill,” McCarthy said. “I took an official visit and I felt I fit in well with the guys. They have a young coaching staff and I knew that was the place for me.”

McCarthy said he like doing the dirty work on the field.

“I’m tenacious,” McCarthy said. “The Stonehill defensive coordinator said he wanted guys that bust it for the entire length of the play and run through the ball. That was me. I knew I could play there.”

McCarthy said playing football at Sheehan was a great experience.

“It was the best time of my life,” McCarthy said. “Playing football here changed my life. It made me the man I am today. Playing under Ferrazzi and my youth coaches was just awesome.”

McCarthy is the son of Joyce and Dave McCarthy. He has a brother Collin and sister Grace. He plans on studying business at Stonehill.

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